mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2011
On tap at The Alchemist. 2010 cask version. Pours a rather unattractive muddy reddish brown with a 2 finger beige, foamy head. Head slowly settled down to leave random rings of lace. Strong hoppy aroma with an earthy background. Citrus and pine flavor up front balanced nicely with the same earthiness that you find in the aroma. Moderate body with low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Bitter finish. deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a cloudy amber with a gray head that dissipated slowly to the edges and laced. Aroma was quite earthy with some grassy hops with a backing hay and grain note. Flavor was similar with earthy hops and grains with a bit of sweetness in the finish. josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Draft at brewpub, I am a nobody, I’m sure you don’t care what I think about this beer! VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Draft at the brewpub - 2008 version - Poured a very dark ruby red in color with a small tan head. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma was initially all citrus/grapefruit hops, but there appeared some caramelly maltiness in the background. Flavor was very hoppy with lots of citrus/grapefruit and pine resin hops. Initially quite bitter, but the malts come thru at the the end. Finishes nicely bitter and hoppy, but clean and not long lasting. Excellent! Davin (48) - Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Hard to tell the color in the dark depths of the Alchemist but light filtered through as ruby. This was hopped very similar to the Holy Cow. Starts bitter and finishes sweet. I like their IPA’s more but this was good. Named after a challenging hiking/backcountry skiing trail at Mt Mansfield I presume.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2007
Clear ruby body topped by a medium beige head leaving good lacings. Leafy hops on the nose although the taste is dominated by the malt flavours. Well malted clean body with unfocussed fruity notes including but not limited to apricots, citrus fruits, berries and even distant strawberries. Finish has some resinous hops. 8% is apparent. Not the best one I had the day I was there but I would have drank that stuff until all Hellbrooke loose. TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2007
En fût. Verre dégusté à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de malt caramélisé et d’houblon résineux. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et d’houblons. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #977) hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2007
good sized sample at the brewpub. Deep reddish amber in color, lightly hazy. Aroma is malty with caramel and some light chocolate notes, as well as a nice amount of PNW hops- citrus, a bit earthy. Taste is rich malts- caramel and again a bit of chocolate, with a great balanced citrus, pine, earthy hop balance. extremely good. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Draught tulip at the brewpub on 3/10/06muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Deep cherry-red color, with some light gold and tan tints, glassy clarity, is obviously unfiltered, but well-settled. Frothy, prominent, chalky-beige colored head is very well-retained providing light lacing.
Smells of a mix of light chocolate matls, touches of sticky caramel and just a hint of crystal malts for color. Not overly dried out or papery from the crystal malt addition, which is a feat in itself. A touch of creamy-sweet pale malt sugars, dry, but lively fruits (apples, cherries, raisins, plums) and a straightforward, but delightfully playful and aromatic hop profile of soft citrus, light soil and bits of wintergreen and controlled pine. The flavor is full of fruity and sprucey hops, at first, with a grainy, unfiltered texture, sticky caramel, near-creamy pale or dextrin malts and tastefully done, lightly drying crystal malts. Some bits of chocolate on the very tail end, with a very tight, low amount of carbonation. Perhaps it dries out a bit too much, with a growing toastiness as it warms, and the hops are only moderately assertive (yet fully flavorful). No alcohol noted in nose or flavor. Brewers that can make crystally/caramelly, PNW hopped, 8% abv double-red ales taste lively, round and balanced are a rare breed.
Cask pint at the brewpub. Muddy light chocolate-brown with a slow-dying small off-white head....chocolaty-herbal nose with tart citrusy hints...alcohol noticeable in the flavor immediately followed by a huge maltiness, chocolate with a bit of licorice, harsh sour/bitter alcoholic finish...unbalanced and not sweet enough, somehow this tastes like a very dry malt liquor to me, and at the moment I’m agin’ it. Major dsappointment.